The Summing Up, Part 354, Volume 1
Doubleday, Doran & Company, Incorporated, 1938 - Authors - 310 pages
This book represents Maugham's life and philosophy in his own words. It is autobiographical in nature, though most of the work is concerned with Maugham's unique and fascinating opinions on the theatre, writing, metaphysics and the interesting people he encountered in his long and successful career.
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I can afford then to do what I choose with the years that remain to me. iv It is
inevitable that in it I should say many things that I have said before; that is why I
have called it The Summing Up. When a judge sums up a case he recapitulates
Many years ago when I was destroying the papers of one of his sons, my uncle,
who had died, I came across the diary that my grandfather kept when as a young
man at the beginning of the nineteenth century he did what I believe was called ...
I have been called cynical. I have been accused of making men out worse than
they are. I do not think I have done this. All I have done is to bring into
prominence certain traits that many writers shut their eyes to. I think what has
chiefly struck ...
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